Yesterday at the Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino saw the last starting day of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Cebu with 119 players joining the 127 that had already gone to war in the previous two days. That brings the total field size to 246, 10 more than last year’s field, which created a prize pool of PHP 21,953,040 (USD $520,000).
With first place set to receive PHP 5,927,000 (USD $140,000), Sang Yong Lee collected the most chips on Day 1C in his pursuit of the title, bagging up 106,400 at the end of play. He was closely followed by Wei Zhong Kua on 99,500 and Kenneth Leong on 90,000. The top 10 included Filipino big names Wally Sombero (75,700) and Vic de Guzman (70,800).
India was also well represented in the survivors in the form of Amit Varma (75,500), Sameer Rattonsey (42,300), Sangeeth Mohan (37,500) and Amit Jain (12,700).
Recent ANZPT Sydney champion Gordon Huntly was an early casualty after his 2♣ 2♦ set on a flop of 2♥ Q♠ 8♦ was all in against Andrew Nguyen holding Q♣ 8♣ for two-pair. Unfortunately for Huntly, the Q♦ turn filled up Nguyen with a higher full house and no miracle quads on the river saw Huntly busted.
Joining the Scotsman on the rail was Oliver Speidel, whose god-like run of late may just be ending, Steve Yea, Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang, Terrence Chan, Abhishek Goindi, Azusa Maeda, Hirotoshi Nakabo, Raiden Kan, Nicky Tao Jin and UFC fighter Heath Herring.
Top 10 Day 1C Chip Counts
1. Sang Yong Lee – 106,400
2. Wei Zhong Kua – 99,500
3. Kenneth Leong – 90,000
4. Wally Sombero – 75,700
5. Amit Varma – 75,500
6. Victor de Guzman – 70,800
7. Emi Hibuse – 63,800
8. Adam Monaghan – 57,900
9. Robert Browning – 56,300
10. Nicholas Wong – 55,000
A total of 59 players remaining from Day 1C will combine with the other starting day survivors to take Day 2’s field number to 128 players. Day 2 starts at 12.10pm local time today and will contain eight levels of play.
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